NHL: The best captain in each team’s history (Updated 2023)

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Calgary Flames, Jarome Iginla
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Best NHL captain from each franchise: Calgary Flames – Jarome Iginla

When it comes to talking about elite captains of the NHL, those that scored like crazy, brought physicality to the ice, and rose to the occasion when their team needed it, one name tends to come to mind. Right winger Jarome Iginla was one of the best to ever do it and will always be remembered for everything he did as part of the Calgary Flames.

Considered to be one of the best scorers to ever play in the NHL, he represented the Flames in all six of his appearances in the NHL All-Star Game and holds many franchise records that will not be broken anytime soon. He’s the all-time leader in points, goals, and games played. To put it in perspective, in his entire 23-year NHL career, he’s played in 1,554 games.

As a captain throughout the majority of his career, he’s led his teams to either Stanley Cup Finals appearances or winning gold medals in the Winter Olympics. He prefers a more hands-on approach and practicing the simple fundamentals of hockey instead of screaming and shouting to get results.

Once he retired in 2018, Iginla officially retired and totaled 625 goals, 675 assists, and 1,300 on-the-dot points. The Flames honored Iginla back in 2019 by retiring his No. 12 to always honor his legacy.